Foster The People are burdened with delusions of grandeur on their second album.
Foster The People are the LA trio who scorched across radio-land three years ago with their massive hit Pumped Up Kicks - a song about a high school shooting dressed up as a party anthem. A killer tune for sure but success seems to have burdened them with delusions of grandeur.
Former jingle writer Mark Foster here lends his falsetto to tunes about “strung out friends” and the triumph of consumerism as he looks on in morbid self-absorption while everyone else is doing bongs and bombs by the pool. Meanwhile, all ironic like, the band dip into afro beat, designer grunge, a hint of Friendly Fires here, and a touch of Vampire Weekend there, with a real box-ticking enthusiasm.
Best Friend is the closest they get to their debut album, Torches, and it is comparable to Maroon 5 in its sheer awfulness. A Beginner's Guide to Destroying The Moon and The Truth (yup!) finds Foster back again, issuing grave warnings about our wicked ways.
Produced by one man hit factory Paul Epworth, these sweet, multi-layered songs are relentlessly catchy and well-built but Foster The People seem like they were designed by committee to meet rabid consumer demand.
Maybe that’s the joke but rarely has a band sounded so desperate to be liked.